Biz Bits: people and businesses in the news


Peoples Bank has hired Rick Parchem as a real-estate loan officer at the bank’s home-loan center in Mill Creek Town Center. Parchem has more than 25 years of financial and lending expertise. The longtime Washington resident earned a B.A. in business administration from the University of Washington.

Jason Redrup of Edmonds and Rich McCabe of White Center have been appointed as business representatives for Machinists Union District Lodge 751, based in Everett. They will represent the interests of roughly 2,500 union members working for the Boeing Co. Before becoming a business representative, Redrup was an IAM work transfer representative in Everett. McCabe was an IAM work transfer representative in Renton.

Global Spectrum sales manager Linda Beecher, of the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett, is vice president of membership for the Meeting Professionals International Washington chapter for 2012-13.

Jenae Goldfinch has joined Goldfinch Brothers as estimator and project manager in the commercial division. She joins her brother, Joe Goldfinch, as the sixth generation to work in the 120-year-old glass and glazing business. Jenae Goldfinch graduated from Washington State University in 2009 and spent nearly four years with M.A. Mortenson Construction.

Rich Huebner has joined the Snohomish County Tourism Bureau as sports sales manager, a new position responsible for promoting the county as a sporting-events destination. Huebner began his career at KIMA-TV in Yakima. He then worked for Dex One in Yakima and the Yakima Valley Visitors &Convention Bureau. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Washington State University and is pursuing an master’s in business administration at Seattle University.

Reid Middleton, an Everett-based engineering, planning and surveying firm, has several new hires. Project engineer Ben Sommer joins the firm’s airport engineering group. Airport designer Melanie Haagsma also joined the airport group. Andrea Rose has been hired as technical editor. Corbin Hammer has been promoted to senior engineer, and Kathleen Baxter has been promoted to marketing coordinator.


The Greater Marysville Tulalip Chamber of Commerce will hold a business resource fair from noon to 5 p.m. Monday at the Hibulb Cultural Center, 6410 23rd Ave. NE, Tulalip. Admission is free. Registration will run from noon to 12:30 p.m. Information from participating lawyers, accountants, insurance brokers, financial planners, bankers and business advisers will be offered. For information, call 360-653-7700 or email

The topic for the Edmonds Chamber of Commerce 425 Launch Forum will be how to use text and mobile technologies to promote a business. The panel includes Edmonds Community College public information officer Michele Graves, Jeremy Baker, owner of JTB Internet Marketing, and Greg Urban, owner of Ideas Unfold. The forum will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Brackett Room, City Hall, 121 Fifth Ave. in Edmonds.

Economic Alliance Snohomish County’s Ambassador Social is scheduled for 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday. It is a casual networking opportunity with EASC Ambassadors and Investors. The event features a no-host bar. For more information or reservations, call Economic Alliance Snohomish County at 425-248-4227.

Fremont small batch distillery Mischief will be showcased at the Mpulse Lounge summer launch patio party. The event is to be held from 4 to 8 p.m. May 26 at the Tulalip Resort Casino. Mischief creates handcrafted liquor using organic and heirloom grains from Ebey Road Farms. Admission is $30 per person plus tax and gratuity. Food is included. For more information or to make reservations, go to

The first annual Art of Beer, Brats, Biz and MORE presented by the Camano Island Chamber of Commerce will be from noon to 4 p.m. June 2 at the Commons at Terry’s corner on Camano Island. Local businesses, artists and nonprofits will offer giveaways, games for kids and local information. To learn more about sponsorship benefits, please contact Karen Daum at 360-629-7136 or email

Sterling Gurney, an Edward Jones financial advisor, will host a coffee club at 10 a.m. every first Thursday. The next meeting is June 7 in the Edward Jones office at 602 Second St., Suite C, in Snohomish. For more information, call 360-563-1042.

Everett Downtown Storage will hold the second annual Giant Indoor Yard Sale and Storage Auction from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 9. This event is open to the public — sellers and buyers. For more information, contact Sunny Estes via email at or call 425-259-1506. The company website is

Workshops and classes

Everett Community College is offering an eight-week RN Refresher course for inactive registered nurses who want to resume their careers. The 16-credit course includes 80 hours of classroom instruction and 160 hours of clinical work. Classes start July 2, with applications due June 11. Cost is $1,214.58 and a lab fee of $150, which covers classroom supplies and malpractice insurance. For a list of criteria or to apply, visit

An evening engineering transfer degree program is to be offered this fall at Everett Community College to help fill demand for more engineers in the region. With 10 credits per quarter, students in the program will be able to complete an engineering transfer associate of sciences degree in three years. To register, go to For more information about the program, contact instructor Eric Davishahl at 425-388-9246 or email

The Northwest Agriculture Business Center is hosting two one-day business development workshops for new or existing businesses involved in cider making. The Business of Making Hard Cider workshop is June 30. The Business of Growing Cider Apples workshop is July 21. Both will be held at WSU-Northwest Washington Research &Extension Center in Mount Vernon. For more information, call 360-336-3727 or email


United Way of Snohomish County is accepting nominations for the Spirit of Snohomish County Awards. The honor is for those who strive to improve the lives of people in Snohomish County. Winners will be recognized at an annual breakfast Sept. 6 at Tulalip Resort Casino. Nomination forms and criteria can be found online at and are due June 8. For questions regarding the nomination process, email

The Snohomish County Tourism Bureau has launched a research and branding program. The goal is to bring more awareness to the area and attract more visitors to Snohomish County. To bring outside objectivity to the project, the Tourism Bureau has partnered with Nashville-based North Star Destination Strategies. North Star has helped develop destination brands for more than 150 communities nationwide.

New education and training opportunities for veterans are available through the VOW to Hire Heroes Act. The Veteran Retraining Assistance Program, a joint initiative between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Labor, will help train unemployed veterans for new jobs in high-demand sectors. For more information, visit or call the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-800-827-1000.


Bowlers raised almost $30,000 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Snohomish County’s annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake bowl-a-thon May 5-6 at Glacier Lanes in Everett. Employees from long-standing partners such as Boeing, Opus, Aramark, YMCA and The Everett Clinic supported the event. Also participating were representatives from the Tulalip Bay Fire Department, Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office, Slabjack NW, Marysville Police Department, Kohl’s, American Eagle, Philips Medical, the Marysville Arby’s and other businesses and organizations.

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